HORSES ASK HUMANS FOR HELP

Japanese researchers have investigated whether horses try to communicate with humans during a problem solving task and found they ask us for help.

Eight horses and their student caretakers at Kobe University took part in a clever experiment looking at how horses communicate with their handlers.

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TO WHIP OR NOT TO WHIP

Use of the whip in horse sport has become a hot topic as the public are starting to question ‘normal’ equestrian practice.

Two studies looking at different aspects of whip use were presented this week at the International Society for Equitation Science conference in Guelph, Canada…

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Is your horse sleep deprived?

Sleep is essential for life. 

The quality and quantity of a horse’s sleep directly affects their health and well-being. However, sleep is rarely considered as part of a horse’s management plan. A new study has found that poor management or physical problems can lead to horses becoming sleep deprived and at risk of serious injury.

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Can wrinkles above the eye tell us how a horse is feeling?

Horses communicate primarily using body language and they display a number of facial expressions. 

Their eyes, in particular, can be very expressive and are thought to reveal how a horse is feeling. Many equine behaviourists and horse owners believe the wrinkles above a horse’s eye may be associated with discomfort, fear, stress or anxiety – they are often called ‘worry lines’. 

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